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THESE ARE THE WINNERS of the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide online poll that started during Thanksgiving 2008 and ended on New Years Eve. Thousands of locals participated in the Santa Barbara Survey(tm) and the results will be displayed online at SantaBarbara.com throughout 2009. Survey participants considered 92 different food & drink categories and chose 189 winners and finalists.

The results show that many familiar faces have continued their successful ways. Ca' Dario has won Best Overall Restaurant for the second year in a row. Last year's "Best Of" Montecito, Goleta and Carpinteria restaurants won again in 2009. A few new eateries that opened in 2008 have made a trip to the winners circle. Brummis, that opened just last July, has taken top honors as Santa Barbara's favorite German restaurant. Other members of the 2008 Newbie Club including Backyard Bowls, The Cheese Shop, Renaud's, and Sly's are all finalists.

Winners of multiple awards (including first place and finalist) are: Brophy Bros. (5), Natural Café (5), Opal Restaurant & Bar (5), Palace Grill (5), Tupelo Junction (5), Brewhouse (4), Harry's Plaza Café (4), SOhO Restaurant & Music Club (4), Sojourner Café (4), Bouchon (3), Ca’ Dario (3), Elements Restaurant & Bar (3), El Paseo (3), Fresco Café (3), Hollister Brewing Co. (3), Lazy Acres (3), Los Arroyos (3), Pascucci (3), Wildcat Lounge (3), Beachside Bar Café (2), Cafe Buenos Aires (2), Cajun Kitchen (2), Cava Restaurant & Bar (2), China Pavilion (2), Costco Food Court (2), Edomasa (2), Enterprise Fish Company (2), Four Seasons Biltmore (2), Freebirds (2), Jeannine's Bakery (2), Lucky’s (2), Montecito Cafe (2), Q’s (2), Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro (2), Sandbar (2), South Coast Deli (2), Stonehouse Restaurant (2), Tonic (2), and Wine Cask (2).
 

Best Overall Restaurant
Ca Dario
Finalist: Palace Grill

       

       

General Categories

       
Best American Restaurant
Finalists:
Brewhouse
Brophy Bros.,
Tupelo Junction Cafe
 

Best Italian Restaurant
Finalist:

Ca Dario
Via Maestra 42

Best Bakery
Finalist:

Jeannine's Bakery
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro
 

Best Japanese Restaurant
Finalist:

Arigato Sushi
Edomasa

Best Barbecue
Finalist:

Woody's BBQ
JR's BBQ at Creekside
 

Best Latin Restaurant
Finalist:

Café Buenos Aires
Cava Restaurant & Bar
 

Best Burger
Finalist:

The Habit
Paradise Cafe
 

Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Finalist:
Chef Karim's
Spiritland Bistro
 
Best Cajun Restaurant
Finalist:
Palace Grill
Tupelo Junction Cafe
 

Best Mexican Restaurant
Finalist:

Los Arroyos
La Super Rica Taqueria
 

Best Californian Restaurant
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Opal Restaurant and Bar
 
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
Finalist:
Zaytoon
I.V. Deli Mart
 

Best Chinese Restaurant
Finalist:

China Pavilion
Empress Palace
 

Best Pizza
Finalist:

Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Via Vai Trattoria & Pizzeria
 

Best Coffee House
Finalist:

Daily Grind
Coffee Cat
 

Best Seafood Restaurant
Finalist:

Brophy Bros.
Enterprise Fish Company

 

Best Deli
Finalist:

South Coast Deli
Cantwell's Market

 

Best Smoothie
Finalist:
Blenders in the Grass
Backyard Bowls
 

Best French Restaurant
Finalists:

Bouchon
Petit Valentien
Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

 

Best Spanish Restaurant
Finalist:
Alcazar
Cava Restaurant & Bar
 
Best Fusion Restaurant
Finalist:
Opal Restaurant and Bar
Elements
 

Best Steakhouse
Finalist:

Holdren's
Lucky's
 

Best German Restaurant
Finalist:
Brummis
Dutch Garden Restaurant
 

Best Thai Restaurant
Finalist:

Your Place
Zen Yai

 

Best Greek Restaurant
Finalist:
Greek House Cafe
Yanni's at Mackenzie Market
 
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Finalist:
Sojourner Café
Natural Café
 
Best Hot Dog
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Lettuce B. Frank

 
Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Finalist:
Saigon In and Out
Saigon Noodle House
 

Best Indian Restaurant
Finalist:

Flavor of India
All India Cafe

 

   
       

 

Specialty Categories

       
Best Appetizers
Finalist:
Milk & Honey
Epiphany Restaurant & Bar
Palace Grill
 
Best Restaurant for First Date
Finalist:
Elements
Opal Restaurant and Bar

 
Best Bagel Shop
Finalist:
Jack's Bistro & Bagels
Bagel Cafe

 
Best Place for Fresh Bread
Finalist:
D'Angelo Bread
Our Daily Bread

 
Best Bargain
Finalist:
Costco Food Court
Montecito Cafe

 
Best Place for Large Groups
Finalists:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
El Paseo Restaurant
Palace Grill
Something's Fishey
 
Best Breakfast
Finalist:
Cajun Kitchen
Tupelo Junction Cafe

 
Best Restaurant Open Early
Finalists:
Cajun Kitchen
Farmer Boy Restaurant
Sambos

 
Best Buffet
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
The Taj Cafe
 
Best Restaurant Open Late
Finalist:
Roy
Edomasa
 
Best Burritos
Finalist:
Freebirds
Super Cuca's

 
Best Produce
Finalist:
Farmers Market
Tri County Produce
 
Best Butcher Shop
Finalist:
Whitefoot Meat Market
Lazy Acres
 
Best Romantic Restaurant
Finalist:
Stonehouse Restaurant
Bouchon
 
Best Caesar Salad
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Pascucci
 
Best Salad Bar
Finalist:
Chuck's of Hawaii
Lazy Acres
 
Best Place for Cakes
Finalist:
Jeannine's Bakery
Anna's Bakery

 
Best Salsa
Finalist:
Los Arroyos
Los Gallos

 
Best Place for Cheese
Finalist:
C'est Cheese
The Cheese Shop
 
Best Sandwiches
Finalist:
South Coast Deli
Panino
 
Best Place for Chocolate
Finalist:
Chocolate Maya
See's Candies
 
Best Restaurant Service
Finalists:
Palace Grill
Bouchon
Downey's
Opal Restaurant and Bar

 
Best Clam Chowder
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co.
 
Best Sidewalk Café
Finalist:
Natural Café
Pascucci
 
Best Restaurant for Dessert
Finalist:
Fresco Cafe
Sojourner Café
 
Best Sunday Brunch
Finalist:
Four Seasons Biltmore
Tupelo Junction Cafe

 
Best Donut Shop
Finalist:
Spudnuts
Eller's Donuts
 
Best Take-Out Chinese
Finalist:
China Pavilion
Madam Lu Chinese
 
Best Gourmet Food Store
Finalist:
Lazy Acres
Gelson's Market

 
Best Take-Out Mexican
Finalist:
Los Arroyos
Rudy's
 
Best Health Food
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Café
 
Best Restaurant for Thanksgiving
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Stonehouse Restaurant
 
Best Pasta
Finalist:
Ca Dario
Palazzio Trattoria Italiana
 
Best Veggie Burger
Finalist:
Natural Café
Sojourner Café
 
Best Patio to Bring Your Pet
Finalists:
Brewhouse
Natural Café
Pascucci
 
Best Restaurant with a View
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Beachside Bar-Café
 
Best Pizza Delivery
Finalist:
Rusty's Pizza Parlors
Woodstock's Pizza

 
   
       

Bars & Wine

Location

       
Best Beer Selection on Tap
Finalist:
Z's Taphouse
Hollister Brewing Co.

 
Best Carpinteria Restaurant
Finalist:
Zookers
Sly's
 
Best Bloody Mary
Finalist:
Brophy Bros.
Tupelo Junction Cafe
 
Best Goleta Restaurant
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Beachside Bar-Café
 
Best Brewery
Finalist:
Hollister Brewing Co.
Brewhouse
 
Best Isla Vista Restaurant
Finalist:
Freebirds
Silvergreens
 
Best College Night
Finalist:
Q's
Sandbar

 
Best Montecito Restaurant
Finalist:
Montecito Cafe
Lucky's
 
Best Happy Hour
Finalists:
Enterprise Fish Company
Brewhouse
Sandbar

 
   
Best Margarita
Finalist:
Carlitos Cafe & Cantina
El Paseo Restaurant
 


Music

 
Best Martini
Finalist:
Harry's Plaza Cafe
Elements
 
Best Place to Dance
Finalist:
Wildcat Lounge
SOhO
 
Best Neighborhood Bar
Finalist:
Elsie's
The Neighborhood
 
Best Place for Hip-Hop
Finalist:
Tonic
Wildcat Lounge
 
Best Place to Shoot Pool
Finalist:
Dargan's Irish Pub
Q's

 
Best Place for Jazz
Finalist:
SOhO
James Joyce

 
Best Singles Bar
Finalist:
Tonic
Wildcat Lounge
 
Best Place for Latin Music
Finalist:
Ruby's Café
Cafe Buenos Aires
 
Best Sports Bar
Finalist:
Madison's Sports Grill
Downtown Brewing Co.

 
Best Place for Rock Music
Finalist:
Velvet Jones
SOhO
 
Stiffest Drinks
Finalist:
Joe's Café
Harry's Plaza Cafe

 
Best Nightclub
Finalist:
SOhO
Wildcat Lounge

 
Best Restaurant Wine List
Finalist:
Wine Cask
Opal Restaurant and Bar

 
   
Best Winery
Finalist:
Sunstone Winery
Kalyra
 
   
Best Wine Shop
Finalist:
The Winehound
Wine Cask
 
   

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